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By Renate Mayntz (auth.), Renate Mayntz, Uwe Schimank, Peter Weingart (eds.)

When the socialist regime in important and jap Europe (CEE) was once overthrown round the finish of the eighties, starting of the nineties, an total transforma­ tion of entire societies began. not just the political and the industrial platforms of those international locations, yet all societal sectors underwent deep adjustments. those alterations provided possibilities, yet additionally they spelled difficulty. On one hand, disposing of stifling political keep an eye on and over the top bureaucratic legislation used to be whatever which so much participants of those societies wanted. at the different, or not it's­ got here obvious very quickly that the mandatory and lengthy hoped-for rebuilding of the economic system, schooling, wellbeing and fitness care, the mass media, and technology, too, was once strongly constrained by means of the shortage of monetary assets. After a brief interval, within which possibilities have been energetically taken up in a spirit of wish, got here a protracted and nonetheless lasting time of turning out to be problems and despondency. merely in a number of the CEE international locations have a few glimpses of desire come into sight lately; and it re­ mains to be noticeable even if those indications are trustworthy. formerly, hence, the transformation dynamics of all societal sectors in all the CEE international locations have essentially been problematic. this is often definitely precise for the post-socialist study platforms. I The loss of life of the communist party's abso­ lute rule over society has allowed researchers the general public expression and the pur­ go well with of ambitions whose universal denominator has been a better self-regulation of medical study in keeping with its personal standards and logic.

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However, some respondents expressed the opinion that, in practice, this policy did not always lead to the best institutes enjoying the protection they deserved since budgetary cuts in general were so severe as to be unable to guarantee the financial health and stability of worthy institutes. In the Slovak Republic, where reforms to the Academy system have been introduced incrementally, the evaluation of its institutes began in 1992. As a result of this initial review, the number of supported institutes actually increased.

In that period, as a result of the combined effects of inflation, the devaluation of the local currency and the decrease in outlays on R&D in general, the financial circumstances of the Academy's institutes continued to deteriorate, although a slight growth was evident after 1994. In spite of the fact that staff reductions ran at about 45%, the outlay per researcher nevertheless decreased by about 28%. Even those institutes which had enjoyed the highest praise and validation as a consequence of the evaluation exercises suffered from budgetary cuts.

As a result, even if the face value of subsidies for institutes has not altered during this period, their real value has dropped dramatically. The authors of national reports have ;also emphasised that shrinking state budgets have had the FINANCIAL THREATS TO ORGANIZATIONAL SURVIVAL 15 effect of reducing the monies available to R&D as a proportion of national GOP. All of these external sources of financial turmoil have contributed to the continuing funding difficulties experienced by research establishments.

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